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New Volunteer Orientation


Interested in volunteering at the shelter? We welcome you to apply to our volunteer program if you are:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Able to provide at least 8 hours of service per month with a scheduled shift of two hours per week.
  • This is not a position available for school hours or court order community service. Please see those opportunities below.
  • Complete the online New Volunteer Orientation and online Shelter 101 class plus (3) two-hour training sessions with a mentor.
  • Able to squat, bend, twist, lift, or stand for long periods when working directly with the animals.
  • Possess strong customer service skills and are able to read, write and communicate clearly, since all volunteer positions work directly with the public, staff, and other volunteers.
  • Have regular access to the Internet and an email account.
  • $25 application fee (covers volunteer shirt). This is required your first day of training. If you are unable to cover the cost, please see us and we can help make arrangements.
  • This is for the position of a Woofs & Wags (aka Dog Walker)

Click here to Submit an application. After submitting your online application, we will contact you within 3-5 business days to start the onboarding process.

Junior Shelter Assistant Orientation

This is an opportunity for kids between the ages of 9-11 years who are interested in learning more about what we do at the shelter, how it runs, dog behaviors and then just some fun activities! This is a 6 week long class. We accept up to 8 kids per session.

Next sessions available are:

Session II - FULL
Dates: August 14th - September 18th
Class Limit: 8 children
Register here:

Session III - FULL
Dates: October 9th - November 13th
Class Limit: 8 Children

Kennel Assistant

This is a non-dog handling position open to volunteers who aren’t interested in (what can be) the labor intensive shift of walking a dog. You must be 18+ years for this position. This shift can include such things as: cleaning kennels, stocking treats, helping with laundry, "Click for quiet", making adoption folders, washing bowls and assisting clients walking through the main adoption floor and more!

Submit an application.

School/Community Service Hours

This is for high school students who need to fulfill academic community hours. This program allows students to work outside the shelter while still learning and investigating but helping out CCAS dogs at the same time.

The best part is that students pick their own project! We allow them the opportunity to learn and study things that interest them. They can start a fundraiser. Research breed specific legislation. Make blankets. Whatever suit their fancy.


  • Must be in high school
  • Decide what your project will be
  • Complete the questions on the application
  • Mail it in or drop it off
  • Approval (or follow up questions) of project will be sent via email
  • Get started!

Please download this application and mail or submit to

Senior Service Project (Intern) Hours

This is for High School seniors who need to complete intern hours in order to graduate. We take up to (5) students. Applications are accepted January 1st- March 1st. Please download the application and either email or mail to:

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter
9500 Sweet Valley Dr.
Valley View, OH 44125
Attn: Jen Huettich

Court Mandated Community Service

(At this time we are not able to provide this service. Check back often to see when we will resume CMCS.)
Community Service is available on a first come, first serve basis. Hours are served from 9am-3pm Monday- Friday. Please contact Jen Huettich at for more information.

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